Vermont school district votes to keep flying Black Lives Matter flag

Vermont school district votes to keep flying Black Lives Matter flag

[Ed. – How did the board rationalize away the objections of the black parent who spoke up in opposition?]

Vermont school district voted to keep flying the Black Lives Matter flag on campuses following a tense public hearing Tuesday.

The Essex Westford School Board voted 6 to 3 Tuesday to keep the Black Lives Matter flags that have been flying since protests swept the country last summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The decision, backed by 519 students who signed a petition, was loudly protested by parents in the room, WCAX reported. At one point in the meeting, a handful of people stormed out in protest.

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“I’m coming to you today, not as a Black man but as a human being first,” said one man who opposed flying the flag at school.

“There’s a difference between being victimized and having a victim mentality and that flag and what that organization represents is a victim mentality,” he said to a wave of applause.

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